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Vehicle pulls out in front of squad car; officer flown to hospital for injuries

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2009


Rochelle Police Chief Rob Buck (left) and Rochelle Deputy Chief Eric Higby (center) talk with Ogle County Sheriff’s Department accident investigator Neil Minnis after Monday afternoon’s two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of IL Route 251 and Eighth Avenue. A car reportedly pulled out in front of a Rochelle Police officer who was en route to a call. Roger Krahenbuhl is pictured in back preparing to tow the damaged squad car from the scene. The other vehicle came to rest against a tree in a yard at the northwest corner. (Photo by John Shank)


ROCHELLE — A local man died Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision involving a Rochelle Police Department squad car, while the officer in the accident was flown to a Rockford hospital with serious head and hand lacerations.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on July 27, Rochelle Police Officer James Jakymiw was responding to a domestic violence call on the north side of town and traveling northbound on IL Route 251 with his lights and sirens activated, when a westbound vehicle driven by David A. Becker, 72, of Rochelle, reportedly pulled out in front of Jakymiw at the Eighth Avenue intersection.

Jakymiw’s squad car broadsided the driver’s side of Becker’s vehicle and pushed it into a tree in a nearby corner yard.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found Becker to be unresponsive. Life-saving attempts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Rochelle Community Hospital.

For the complete article see the 07-28-2009 issue.

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